Like many individuals working in the creative sector, Damon, a talented asylum-seeking photographer and artist has been greatly impacted by COVID-19 restrictions.
Despite paying tax on his work for years, Damon is ineligible for the federal government’s COVID-19 emergency stimulus payments.
Annisa* is a 25-year-old mother of a young son, and is pregnant with her second child. She came to Australia to seek asylum.
Annisa is in the middle of a separation with her husband and has had to leave their shared home. She has been left homeless, staying with friends, for now.
Since arriving in Australia, entrepreneur and Syrian refugee, Amer Al Baloout, has worked hard to build a successful life for himself and his family through his clothing alteration shop – Be Fashion Alterations in Penrith
Despite his success, the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent shutdowns has brought Amer’s business and income to a complete halt.
After losing his job as a construction worker eight weeks ago, Sami has struggled to pay his bills and afford food for he and his wife, burning through his life savings just to meet their basic needs.
Left without access to a welfare safety net, Sami has been forced to rely on support from not-for-profit organisations to meet his basic needs.
Ahnaf is has been seeking asylum in Australia for his wife and three Australian born children, aged five, six and seven for over three years.
Loss of work due to COVID-19 has left Ahnaf and his wife struggling to put food on the table. They have received an eviction notice to leave their family home.
Mushtaq is a young man who travelled to Australia from Pakistan to seek asylum.
Mushtaq has had no way to pay rent for his room in a sharehouse after COVID-19 restrictions caused him to lose his job at a processing factory in March.
Mohammed travelled from his home country to seek asylum in Australia. Before the COVID-19 shut-down Mohammed was working full time as an independent painter. The impact of COVID-19 has put a halt to Mohammed’s business, and income.